Saturday, September 06, 2008

Someone Told Palin to Project When She Makes a Speech, But She Misunderstood the Advice.

McCain and Palin hit the campaign trail yesterday. In Wisconsin, Palin slammed Obama over his failure to support the SurgeTM
Senator Obama said the surge, quote, succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. I think, said Senator Obama, “that the surge has succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated."

I guess when you turn out to be profoundly wrong on a vital national security issue, maybe it’s comforting to pretend that everybody else was wrong, too. But I remember it a little differently. It seems to me there was one leader in Washington who did predict success, who refused to call retreat, and risked his own career for the sake of the surge and victory in Iraq, and ladies and gentlemen, that man is standing right next to me, Senator John McCain.
The Obama quote that Palin used came from his interview with Bill O'Reilly on September 4, 2008. The full context of the quote can be seen in the YouTube video below. It should be no surprise that Obama's was far more subtle than the trimmed quote would have you believe and the context make a big difference. But that isn't what I want to discuss.

It seems that Palin is engaging in a favorite GOP past time, projecting their own motives onto their opponent.

Here is a case in point. McCain was a big supporter of the Iraq War and helped to sell the war on the basis of the presence of WMD in Iraq which, as we now know without a doubt, weren't there. What does McCain have to say for himself?
But I know why I supported it [the war] because I believed Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction as did every intelligence agency in the world and every assessment.

The State Department's Bureau of Intelligence Research, the Department of Energy, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Hans Blix, the chief U.N. weapon's inspector all had doubts about Iraq's WMD.

Well Sarah, I guess McCain finds some comfort in pretending that everybody else was wrong, too.

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